Normani music interview “I want to make a difference and inspire”

Normani wants to “inspire” people through her music and her sense of style.

American singer and dancer shot to fame as a teenager as part of Fifth Harmony – wants to be remembered as someone who “didn’t play by the rules”.

26-year-old star when asked how she sees herself replied: “That I really did my best to make a difference and really inspire. I feel like anytime that I talk about music, I always come back to representation. The passing of the baton, of passing of the torch.

“I just pray that I do enough in order to make enough strides for the next generation to be able to start where I finish, and make the experience a bit easier, the way that those before me have for me. Not to say that I haven’t been doing anything, because it’s going to be a challenge of some sort, but I hope that I can make it a little bit easier.”

It’s been a decade since X-Factor showcased the formation of one of modern pop’s most iconic female singing groups: Fifth Harmony.

The five former members, who were behind hits like “Worth It” and “Work From Home,” have each embarked on solo careers after going their separate ways in 2018 after six years together.

Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui took to social media to honor their 10-year anniversary.

Before announcing their hiatus, Fifth Harmony released three studio albums and had eight singles appear on the Billboard Hot 100. Their hit “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, peaked at No. 4 on the list during summer 2016.

The ‘Motivation’ hitmaker believes black women have been underrepresented in the entertainment industry for far too long.

She told Girls United: “Representation has always been important to me and growing up, I didn’t always feel like I had that, to be able to look at the TV and see myself.

“This is why the artists that I look up to mean so much to me and carry so much weight, but especially in the beauty space, I would say that it was sparse.”

Normani also conceded that she’s gone through a personal evolution since she embarked on her solo career.

The singer explained: “Me at 15 is fairly different than me at 26, and granted that comes with time and just evolution and experience.”

Normani, who was nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards Tuesday for her song “West Side” featuring Cardi B, tweeted she was “forever grateful” for Fifth Harmony.

Her song with Sam Smith, “Dancing with a Stranger,” has over a billion streams on Spotify and was featured in Smith’s 2020 album “Love Goes.”

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